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Award winning pizza joint get recognition for its wings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Forgehdaboudit Pizza of Deming continues to stack up the awards. The family-owned business won several pizza awards in March, and now it can brag about its wings as well.

Forgehdaboudit Pizza took home a first-place trophy for its Maple Bacon Dry RubĀ  and a third-place trophy for its X-Hot Sauce at the 2017 National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.

Last year, owners Bob Yacone and Kim Duncan took home a second place-trophy for the Maple Bacon Dry Rub, but Duncan said they didn’t change the recipe at all and knew that it could win as is. “We felt we had a solid product, and it showed. It paid off,” Duncan said.

The invite-only festival is held every Labor Day. Forgehdaboudit competed against roughly 40 restaurants from around the world and was New Mexico’s sole representative.

Earlier this year, the pizza and wing joint won first-place in the “traditional” category for the southwest region at the Annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. It also took second place nationally and fourth place in the “world traditional” category.

According to Duncan, Forgehdaboudit is planning to expand to Las Cruces in “eight to nine months.” It will move into a spacious 5,000-square-foot space, a slight upgrade from its current 4,000-square-foot space in Deming. As for the future, Kim said she and Bob don’t have plans to move to Albuquerque but, “you never know.”